Born 1796, in Virginia, W.H.Quarles was just a young boy when he made the trip to White Plains, TN. with his father William P. Quarles and extended family around 1809. According to family stories passed down through the generations, upon arrival young William was instructed to ride to Sparta to get supplies. He was no more than 13 years old at the time, and in unfamiliar country and expressed his concern to his Father, “But dad I’m not sure where Sparta is!?” His Father answered “There’s the trail, you got a tongue in your head, use it.”
Later in life W.H.Quarles or “Uncle Billy” as most people called him was a merchant and farmer. He ran the family business from the time he was 20 years old until the house burned down in 1844. The Family re-built a house at the site of the current White Plains Golf Pro Shop and continued to run the Plantation from there until that house burned down in 1848.